1912 Racycle Rideabout Model 172


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Jesse McCauley

McCauley Cycle Works
Mar 5, 2013
1,921
3,786
Richmond, Virginia
#1
I’ve been working on buying this bicycle for over a year now, yesterday was finally the day.

From photos initially I couldn’t tell where the overpaint stopped and if there was anything original beneath but I suspected given the overall condition that OG paint was there.

I got lucky. After a few hours of tedious paint removal I’ve found the original “French Grey” as per catalog with blue accents.

This will be a good’n, the paint removal is tedious but worth it. The “overpaint” was actually a pretty well done job back in the 40’s by the shop where it came from. They disassembled completely, pinstriped etc but it didn’t hold up well as it was just inferior paint compared to baked enamel.

A few other interesting features about the bike-
Original grips!! Some sort of early plastic / natural rubber?
The saddle appears original as well but someone tooted real bad. It does sport a really interesting leather wrap around the rear most brace that I’ve never seen before and appears maybe factory?

It came with a pair of early “Rex” pedals, at least that’s what I think they are, I’ll clean them up and photograph them but I have a set of Stars for this one.

I added the white wall red Tread buttons to replace the ratty chain treads just for kicks, I think it’s an improvement that is period appropriate but open to suggestion.



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Jesse McCauley

McCauley Cycle Works
Mar 5, 2013
1,921
3,786
Richmond, Virginia
#12
After a bit of cleaning they are ready to go back on the bike, changed my mind on replacing them with stars.

Initially (from photos pre purchase) I thought they were Torrington 18 replacement pedals but once I saw them I knew they were the earlier Rex design with more traditional domed cap and square block bolts.

Ultra clean, original nickel is very strong

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Goldenindian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 31, 2014
812
1,386
Marinette, Wisconsin
#16
Those Rex pedals are amazing!! What a score! Beautiful condition. Thanks for sharing all these pictures with the cabe. You have been finding some amazing machines!!
 

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